Lacking motivation in life and business? Or just not getting the results you would like to get?
Well, it is most likely due to a lack of discipline and habits that are holding you back. These two things control your life because they control the actions you are taking on a daily basis.
How do you start improving your results, energy, mindset and just habits in general?
It all comes down to the first and last hour of the day. The habits and discipline you have during those hours drive the habits and discipline for the rest of the day or the next day.
This blog I am going to focus on the habits and routines for the beginning of the day as those might be the most important since they set the momentum for the day.
Part two of this topic is going to come within the next week so stay tuned to learn how to master the night routines as well!
The First Hour of The Day
The most important part of your day? The morning.
It sets up the rest of your day for success. It creates the mindset you are going to have for the day, the feeling/ mood you are in and just gets the momentum rolling towards your daily success.
If you start the day off right you are going to feel better, have a more solid plan of action for the day and start to get more done each and every day.
Not just get more done, but get more done towards your goals.
The plan of action you walk through for your day in the morning might be the most important thing you do all day. You can prioritize what to do during the day, plan it out and start acting on that plan so that you are getting the most important things done first.
If you don't create this plan of action in the morning, or at least go over it in the morning, you are not going to have purpose behind what you are doing.
You won't have a reason for every action that you take and ultimately you will just be in the mindset of letting life happen to you and not really taking action with a purpose.
Letting life happen to you is a for sure way to get no where fast, let me tell you from personal experience!
Why Habits Control Your Life
Habits control every aspect of our life, whether you realize it or not. Every action you take in a day is based around a habit that YOU have developed. So, essentially if you are not getting anywhere in life it is nobody's fault but YOURS becasue your habits got you to where you are today.
Think about it... sleeping in too long? Not working enough? Not going to the gym? Eating too much? Watching too much TV?
All because you have developed these habits, it is what your body is used to and gravitates towards! Whenever you try and fix these actions after a week or so you just fall back into the same pattern.
Because that is what you have trained your body to do.
Think about this. If you train your body to eat right, wake up early, get work done, make money, create relationships, etc, wouldn't your life be so much better?
All it takes is your realization that you need to rewire your brain and then start actually acting on that thought so you can start rewiring yur brain day by day.
Stop thinking this can change overnight because when you don't see results you are going to stop trying to change your habits.
Try for the next month, to change the habits you hate and see how much easier it is. The "urges" will be gone because they were just habits in the first place and when you replace them they disappear.
Before I get into the habits that will start your day off right, can I ask a HUGE favor of you?
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Health Habits to Improve Your Mind
So what are some of these habits and where should you start? Well, everyone is different but where I started was a pretty good place and that was starting to improve my mindset.
Your mindset controls your habits, so that is why I decided to start here.
Every time I would try and change my habits, I would just fall back to where I was before because my mind wasn't in the right place.
Here Is what I did to start improving my mindset.
I started off focusing on improving my mind as a muscle, everyday. What does that mean? Exercising it as a muscle, just like you would train a different muscle group in the gym, I started to train my mind.
I did this my focusing on my mind throughout the day.
I would start the day hydrating my brain, with a large glass of water right away in the morning, since the brain is made up of mostly water. Then, I would do breathing exercises and focus on deep breathing to calm down and focus my mind.
I would also not use my phone for the first hour of the day to get my mindset focused before starting to be reactive to what was happening during the day.
The final thing I started to do start focusing on my mindset was to do games, such as wordscapes, crosswords, brain training, etc on my phone to help keep my brain sharp and thinking outside of the box. This has helped so much and would be the first thing to try when looking to improve your mind.
As for the mindset goes, I will give you some guidelines but mindset is a more personal issue that you are going to have to figure out on your own because I don't know your story.
The first thing to try is going to be to set a specific goal for your life, like really specific. If you are just focusing on a general goal of having like a big house or a Lamborghini, you aren't going to work as hard as you would with a specific goal.
Start thinking about the exact house you want, the exact location (like which street not just a city), how it is going to feel, what will success smell like, what would your days look like?
Sounds crazy but it works. You will start to develop the habits you would need if that was your life and then you slowly start building that life for yourself.
The next thing to do is to put emotions behind the goals you have, this will help you develop a fear mindset and not want to go back to where you were in the past.
What do I mean by this? Well let's say you were broke at a certain point in life and wanted to buy something your girlfriend wanted but couldn't get it for her so you felt like you couldn't provide.
That would feel pretty shitty, wouldn't it?
So, use that emotion of how you felt and use that as a fear to put behind your goals. You never want to feel like that again, so you are going to do what it takes to not have to feel that way again. That is how I started building the habit of eating right and working out, I was tired of being the skinny kid and how it made me feel.
Finally, an important mindset and visualization technique I used to start creating a better version of me was to figure out the exact version of myself I wanted and started to act like I was there already.
Figured out the habits I wanted, the feelings and mindset I wanted and the daily actions I wanted.
Then I tricked my mind into thinking I was there already by purposely doing these things on a daily basis and essentially "faking it until I made it" and created these habits in my life.
Productivity/ Business Morning Habits
So, what can you do in the morning to both set yourself up for success that day as well as success everyday from here on out?
Start with that first hour of your day and do the things that are most important, build that momentum for the rest of your day.
Put away that phone and start thinking for yourself that first hour. Don't get distracted or influenced by things on your phone. This helps you create your own viewpoints and thoughts around subjects in life and business, without being influenced as much as you would be with your phone.
The next thing is to plan out your day, I do it both on the small level (hour by hour) as well as by listing the larger projects that need to get done during the day to get closer to my goals. By having the hour by hour break down it helps me stay on track and be able to finish the larger projects I need to that day because it gives me an idea where I should be at each hour of the day.
Next, start visualizing yourself taking action successfully on each thing on your list to do for that day.
This helps you be less reactive to things that happen during the day and stay focused on how you should be taking action and how you want it to be done successfully in order to reach those daily goals.
Finally, the most important thing is to write down both 5 goals you have long and short term, to keep them in the front of your mind, and write down 5 things you are grateful for. By writing down what you are grateful for, you get thinking on a different and more positive level compared to waking up and thinking about all your problems right away.
Thanks again for even more support on the blogs! I would love to hear about your habits, what you are trying to improve and how these strategies work for you!
Drop a comment below and let me see your progress in life, habits and business as well!
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